European Michaelmas-daisy

A species of small Aster - in the second group.
Common name : European Michaelmas-daisy
Scientific name : Aster amellus
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Flowery
Flowery
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 15 - 60
pH 7 - 8

Plant my european michaelmas-daisy

Choose a place in semi shade - to ensure a beautiful flowering! - and cool for these asters. Prepare the soil by digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it, with a fork or a grelinette), scratching and raking. Plant at a spacing of 1/3 of adult height between plants. Thoroughly tamp the soil so as not to let air in contact with the roots, then water abundantly.

Prop my european michaelmas-daisy

Train any asters taller than 80 cm in March, otherwise they may droop and sag after rain. A stake and a wire should do the job.

Mulch my european michaelmas-daisy

Mulching these perennials will save you from watering and weeding and will even fertilize the soil a bit as it decomposes. When choosing, know that dry wood chips are the most inert, but they will last for a longer time. Fresh wood chips and leaves enrich the soil but must be changed often. Grass cuttings are to be used mixed with something else in a layer that is at most 1 cm thick. Mulch with a thickness of at least 5 cm to provide a good level of efficiency.

Water my european michaelmas-daisy

Asters do not particularly fear drought. Water grownup plants until the water that you pour does not rush into the ground, and forms a small puddleto their fill, even if it is less frequent. Unless otherwise specified, do not wet the foliage: the plants "drink" by their roots. Seedlings should be watered in fine rain. Keep them permanently moist to get germination.

Fertilize my european michaelmas-daisy

With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.

Propagate my european michaelmas-daisy

Harvest the seeds if you'd like to propagate your arum lilies! Multiply them by seeding in a pot under a cold frame in autumn or spring, after removing the caustic external flesh of the berries, then transplanting them in open soil after the last freeze.

Cut down my european michaelmas-daisy

Cut the asters a few inches off the ground in November, before mulching them.

Weed my european michaelmas-daisy

In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.

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